Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Lucy Vodden, 1963-2009

Lucy, in the skyLucy Vodden, the inspiration behind the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," has died from lupus at the age of 46.

Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was "Lucy in the sky with diamonds."… The elder Lennon seized on the image and developed it into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece, replete with haunting images of "newspaper taxis" and a "girl with kaleidoscope eyes."

This AP article from June discusses Vodden's illness and how she and Lennon reconnected when he learned about it.

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IBentMyWookie (#133)

This is your do-over Balk: get on that "Autumn of Death" shit pronto.

Alex Balk (#4)

We're still in the audition process. Check the Safire post tags:

http://www.theawl.com/2009/09/william-safire-1929-2009

HiredGoons (#603)

This is sad, but I still hate that song.

atipofthehat (#797)

"A Hard Day's Hat" was actually written about me.

Wow, that's a downer. This time it really was lupus.

/which is a crazy disease, poor lady

slinkimalinki (#182)

and everyone thought her name was lysergic.

slinkimalinki (#182)

also: "lupus in the sky with diamonds" tags anyone?

Sakurambobomb (#1,722)

"I don't relate to the song, to that type of song," said Vodden.

Jeez, the UK re-did the psychedelic 60's in the late 80's and early 90's and she didn't even go to a single rave in field somewhere???

What a stick in the mud.

Funny, the Irish papers call her by her maiden name, Lucy O'Donnell.

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